Netflix Reveals First Trailer for The Witcher Television Series
San Diego Comic-Con reveals our first look at the show in all its dark fantasy and monster hunting glory.
By Chris Morse
The Continent, the wider world of Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher stories, has officially been revealed in the very first teaser trailer for Netflix's upcoming television adaptation. Starring Henry Cavill, this dark fantasy universe is full of monsters, magic, political intrigue, and wars, among other things. The latest reveals have looked good, but this debut trailer gives fans a strong indication that the series is on the right track, teasing a little bit of everything as the footage has come together quite nicely.
Today's debut occurred during Netflix's Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where the trailer was shown off along with a few preview clips that haven't yet been released to the public. “He’s not your average hero,” said Cavill said of his character, Geralt of Rivia. “He’s a tough person who won’t treat everybody perfectly. He’s very hard on the exterior because that’s what he believes the world is… and all the decisions get him into trouble.”
Given that this is a new fantasy series, many questions are being raised about whether it could be the next Game of Thrones, but showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich is trying to avoid those comparisons. However, she still believes the hit HBO show has only helped the genre.
“I personally think it helps,” she said to EW. “People say to me all the time: ‘Do you think this show could be the next Game of Thrones?’ I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. I don’t think people need ‘the next Game of Thrones.’ I think when people ask that they mean, ‘Can this show be as successful or renowned as Thrones’? God, I hope so. What Game of Thrones did is it showed the world that fantasy wasn’t just for a niche audience and fantasy could be acceptable for everyone and that these are stories of humans interacting with each other in a heightened world. I think Game of Thrones paved the way and I’m really grateful for that show.”
Living up to Game of Thrones might be a tall order, but it sure looks like this show is headed in the right direction. Fans, ourselves included, are no doubt excited to see more from Netflix on this series.
In The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Henry Cavill will play the starring role of Geralt of Rivia while the cast also includes Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into the Badlands) as Ciri, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer, Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as her husband, the knight Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as the druid Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri.
In addition, Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) will star as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian) as Dara, and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter series) as Triss.
Additional casting includes Rebecca Benson as Marilka, Shane Attwooll as Nohorn, Luke Neal as Vyr, Matthew Neal as Nimir, Tobi Bamtefa as Danek, Sonny Serkis as Martin, Roderick Hill as Fletcher, Inge Beckmann as Aridea, Charlotte O’Leary as Tiffania, Natasha Culzac as Toruviel, Amit Shah as Torque, and Tom Canton as Filavandrel.
With filming on its eight-episode debut season complete, The Witcher will make its premiere on Netflix in the fourth quarter of 2019. Stay tuned for all of the latest here on Dead Entertainment.